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Dee Jay Silver

In today’s music, it is common to hear a remix of some of your favorite songs; even heartfelt power ballads have turned into dance hits with the help of some of music’s most talented DJs. And just when you thought DJ’ing couldn’t become anymore unique, enter Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville record label. Dee Jay has played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but has ultimately found his home in Nashville. Whether he is touring with Jason Aldean and playing in sold out stadiums, performing on the American Country Awards, or remixing the work of some of country’s best known artists, Dee Jay is bringing his talents to the fans of country music in a myriad of ways. Dee Jay took some time out of his day of “bad television” while he recovered from the ACAs in Las Vegas to talk with me about his music, his favorite tour stop to date, and his future plans (which included getting back to Nashville stat!). 

Get Blown Away By Carrie’s 2012!


When we caught wind of just how incredible Carrie Underwood‘s 2012 was, we were simply blown away. Not only were we amazed by the laundry list of successful moments Carrie experienced, but we were exhausted just thinking about everything Carrie accomplished in only 366 days (Leap Year, y’all … are we observant, or what?)! The following is what Carrie’s year consisted of:

It’s Our Kinda Party and You Are Invited TONIGHT!


Tonight, on Fox, are the American Country Awards, and we will certainly be watching. We would love for you to join us during the show for our LIVE Twitter ACA Watching Party event!

Who:  The Staff of Keepin’ It Country
Where:  Twitter
When:  8:00pm ET / 7:00pm CT
Why:  The ACAs are on and there is no better way to enjoy them than by chatting with thousands of your closest country-loving friends!
How:  It’s easy! Log on to Twitter when the ACAs begin and use the hashtags #keepinitcountry and #ACAwards to participate in our party. Share your comments on the presenters, performers, and winners with others who are also watching the show live!
And, one lucky Party Guest, chosen at random, will take home a ***signed Toby Keith CD*** as a party favor, just for showing up and hanging out with us!

We look forward to seeing you there. Don’t forget, add #keepinitcountry and #ACAwards to all of your tweets tonight for your chance to take home the prize!

Carrie Underwood on 2012 Plans, Children, Winning Awards, and Country American Idols


Backstage at the American Country Awards in Las Vegas this past Monday night, Carrie Underwood visited the press room after her multiple guitar wins for the night, whispering to herself  ‘Don’t fall, don’t fall’ as she walked carefully onto the stage with her dazzling silver and purple shoes. She dished on several different subjects including her plans for 2012, chances of having children in the near future, winning awards, and on more and more country stars coming out of American Idol. Her responses are below.

On plans for 2012:
“An album, of course, in the beginning part of 2012. I’m actually finishing up work on that this week and next week. I’ll have something in my hand and I’m so excited about it because I think these are the best batch of songs and this is going to be the best album. I’ve always been reluctant to say that before, I guess, because I guess, I don’t know, I was waiting for something super, super special and I feel like I’ve got it. So new album, new tour – which we’ll be putting together pretty soon. And I’m just really excited. I think we’re going to surprise ourselves.”

On having a baby:
“Next year being so busy and I think 2013 is probably going to end up being pretty busy, as well. And my husband’s hockey schedule is absolutely insane. I really think it would be a bad idea. ‘Sorry, honey. You’re not going to see the kids for a couple of months because we’re all going on tour’. I just don’t think that would be really fair. And we’re not ready. We’re enjoying each other and spending time with each other and just having fun and being silly.”

On winning awards:
“I’m always just amazingly grateful and always shocked and so happy when I get to take home any award. Because they are fan voted, it’s kinda like “Aw! You guys! What are you doing?’ It makes me feel really good. Especially because I feel like I’ve had such a great support network throughout my whole career. And to still be winning fan voted stuff is really special.”

On more and more American Idol contestants being country singers:
“Obviously we see a lot more American Idol people in country music ever since I’ve been on the show. I think it’s absolutely wonderful that country music has really opened their arms to it. I think it’s really, really wonderful that America is voting for these country music singers. It’s kinda like country music has always been so amazingly popular, but not as many people noticed as they should have. I feel like being on a show like American Idol with so many different genres of music, singers and very talented people, country music’s totally kickin’ butt! It makes me very proud and very happy.”

Chris Young To Perform At ACA’s Monday

Chris Young. photo credit: Monarch Publicity.

RCA Nashville recording artist Chris Young has just been announced as the latest addition to the performance line-up for Monday’s American Country Awards on FOX. The three-time ACA nominee will perform his number 1  single “Voices” from his gold certified sophomore album “The Man I Want To Be.” The cut is a co-write by Chris with Craig Wiseman and Chris Tompkins.

Chris’ ACA nominations for the fan-voted award show include Breakthrough Artist Of The Year, Single Of The Year and Male Single Of The Year for “Voices.”

Chris’ current single “You” from his new album “NEON” is a top-15 radio hit and still climbing.

American Country Awards Nominees Announced!

The second annual American Country Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band lead with eight nominations each; Thompson Square follow in second with seven nods; and The Band Perry and Taylor Swift each earned six.

Starting today, fans can vote once each day for their favorite American Country Awards nominees at www.theacas.com.

Voting is open until Friday, Nov. 11 for all categories, except for Artist of the Year, which closes on Friday, Dec. 2. The nominees for each award category have been determined by four media measurement companies: BigChampagne (record sales and media consumption); Great American Country (video airplay); Mediabase (radio airplay); and Pollstar (touring data).

The two-hour awards show is hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, and it is the only country music awards show that gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists not only in traditional categories but also in previously unrecognized areas of the business such as touring, encompassing the entire spectrum of country music and bestowing honors that no other awards show has.
Performers and presenters will be announced soon.
The list of categories and nominees for the American Country Awards are as follows: